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All posts for the day October 22nd, 2012

Been thinking about doing this for quite a while now…the time seems best now.  I’m in between shoots until early November…so here goes nothing.  🙂  Ah, but first I have a detail to take care of…

What my coffee table looks like after a shoot…yeesh.

Coffee table post Dez shoot.  🙂  This is the way a shoot leaves my coffee table looking…covered in ropes and gags.  Uncoiled rope, bandanas, roll of duct tape, safety scissors…OY!  Let me clean this up…

There…that’s better…shall we continue?  🙂

My Living Room

This is how my living room usually looks before a shoot.  I did have pics of my models up…but it would be too hard to explain those in shoots, so I’d wind up taking them down every time I’d work…best to just LEAVE them down.  🙂  That big purple chair isn’t in the shoots much as it’s not very “damsel in distress”, by the way.  🙂  It sits in front of a kick ass, but still standard definition, TV…

Got that for only $60, believe it or not…bless the bargain hunter in me.  🙂  Avid Video Gamer…here’s a peek at the collection:

There’s a PS2, PS3 and Game Cube on those shelves…along with games (the PS3 collection is out and displayed…the PS2 and GC games are stored in the compartment underneath it all)…I’m currently playing Resident Evil 6; don’t let the haters steer you away…it’s a bad ass game!  🙂

I can almost hear you all, tho…”But Tolstoy…so far, this is about you; what if I want to take pictures; how do you light your studio?”  Let’s explore that a bit…

Excuse the funky lighting here…I was trying to capture how I have some of my lights set up, and I had to have SOME of them on…lmao!  🙂  Those are standard work lights (halogen) from WalMart; on the left, they’re lit, on the right, you see them as they are.  They cost about $10 a piece.  They’re plugged in to power strips (one power strip per pair of lights)…I recommend pairs to give enough light.  I have them in a few places around the room…the above you see…

This pair sneaks into the photography from time to time…

This pair right here, above my bookcase…and the last pair in the back, with a blue one added, for richer colors sake…

I may wind up removing it.  Not sure if it’s doing the job or not.  :/  All my editing gets done in my bedroom…and I’m apologizing in advance for dodgy photography; lighting the bedroom’s been a bitch, hence why most of my pics are taken in the living room…

The “Nerve Center” of TucsonTied…

I’m at that chair for a goodly part of the day…either editing content…or like at this particular moment, watching YouTube videos…lmao!  The calendar on the wall is homemade, by the way…I deprive the calendar companies of the world my $12 every year by using the past year’s photography and the 12 best shots of the year and making my own.  🙂  I edit pic content on that desktop (using Adobe Photoshop Elements).

I edit long videos and other video content on the laptop so I can edit two types of content at once.  Not as difficult as it might sound…I just set a video up to process  (or, “cook”, as I call it), and since video takes a while to do that, I’m free to edit pics while I wait.  Doubles my editing time, really.  🙂  Yes, I have two desktops…the second one is for a backup in case the first one fails.  The laptop is for when I’m on the go…like at FetCon.  🙂  Here’s a better look at the entire room…

That about covers it all and the whole process…light the room, take the pics/video, edit it here, send it in to my site folks who take care of posting, and it’s all golden.  🙂  Any questions on the process, feel free to ask!  🙂

Tolstoy

Gonna be doing something a bit different today, but it’ll take me some time to prep up.  While you’re all waiting, how about a little Candle Boxxx fun?

The shoots that we do aren’t ALL business…sometimes, the models and I like to have some fun with it.  I have more than a few Stacie Snow pics of her making faces for the camera…this one’s of lovely Candle Boxxx.  Our last shoot was fun galore…we were both just digging on the fact that we were working together again.  She was having so much fun that she hit this pose with her eyes just to see if I was awake…I wasn’t; I didn’t see it until I was editing the work…lmao!

Candle Boxxx, goofing off. 🙂